Leger-Walker Becomes the First Coug to Earn USBWA All-American Honors
PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State women's basketball player Charlisse Leger-Walker made history on Friday, April 2, as the freshman became the first player in program history to earn U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-American honors, as Leger-Walker was selected to the honorable mention squad.
Leger-Walker is one of five players from the Pac-12 Conference to be named a USBWA All-American, as Arizona's Aari McDonald and Stanford's Kiana Williams were named to the second team, while UCLA's Michaela Onyenwere was named to the third team. Stanford's Haley Jones joined Leger-Walker on the USBWA All-American honorable mention list.
Leger-Walker became the second player in program history to be named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year after leading setting the WSU freshman scoring record at 18.8 points per game. The Waikato, New Zealand native scored 20-or-more points in 12 games during the 2020-21 season, which also set a WSU freshman record. Leger-Walker is first freshman in Pac-12 history to end the season leading the league in points scored, as she tallied 452 points in her first year on the Palouse.
The 5-10 guard was a seven-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week recipient, a mark that ties her with Kelsey Plum for the second-most freshman weekly awards in conference history. Leger-Walker was also named the USBWA Tamika Catchings National Freshman of the Week on Jan. 11 after hitting the game-winning shot against then-No. 7/10 Arizona.
Washington State capped off a remarkable 2020-21 season by making a return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 30 seasons. The Cougars earned a No. 9 seed, where fell in the first round to No. 8-seed South Florida, 57-53. WSU ended the season at 12-12 to mark the program's seventh season with a record of .500-or-better during the NCAA era. The Cougs also collected nine Pac-12 wins during the 2020-21 campaign, which is tied for the second-most conference wins in single season in WSU history. Washington State earned its first-ever ranking in the Associate Press Top 25 poll during the 2020-21 season, as the Cougars were voted in at No. 25 in the Jan. 11 AP Top 25 poll.
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